Trust us, no one is more aware of sleep (or their extreme lack of it) than parents of small kids. Pour yourself another coffee and focus those puffy peepers because here are five tricks to help you get a bit more shut-eye.
So very tired …
When you’re tired everything becomes so much harder and you feel like crap. When you’re surviving on only a few hours sleep a night (thanks to those small humans that have invaded your house), things can REALLY turn to shit. Fast. You may not even remember your own name. But the good news is even an extra 30 minutes of sleep in a 24-hour period will have you perking up, and an extra two hours – woah, steady on tiger, the marathon isn’t until next month. So, how do you sneak in those extra zzz’s in order to get your brain and life back? Give these five tricks and tips a whirl:
3. Call for help
Stop trying to be Wonder Woman. You’re a mother for crying out loud! If you don’t look after yourself how on earth are you going to look after everyone else? Call for backup, immediately. Get Grandma on the case, or your sister or a friend – whoever they are just get them to come over so you can hit the hay. Ideally also have them take your baby out for a walk so the house is nice and peaceful, otherwise just put those ear plugs in and shut the door. Don’t feel bad about it either – even if the person offering to help you out is a lady you just met at mother’s group, if they want to help let them. If no one wants to help, MAKE THEM. Offer to do the same favour for them if you want, or bribes work too.